No connection between South Yorkshire blaze and gun attack

Scene of fire at Doncaster Road Wath
Scene of fire at Doncaster Road Wath
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A BLAZE which broke out behind a house where a man was gunned down on his doorstep is not being linked to the shooting.

Detectives investigating the gun attack on Tyrone Woodhead, aged 42, last Thursday were made aware of the fire behind his house on Doncaster Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, which broke out in the early hours of yesterday, but said there was no connection between the two incidents.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 4.35am and found a domestic garage engulfed in flames.

The blaze, which is being treated as arson, destroyed the garage.

The nearby terraced house where Mr Woodhead was shot when he opened his door last week was still cordoned off and under police guard when the fire broke out.

The road outside the crime scene, which had been closed over the weekend while forensic experts combed the area for clues, was closed off again to traffic yesterday while firefighters extinguished the flames.

Enquiries were carried out by police and fire investigators looking to establish what started the blaze.

After ruling out a possible connection with the shooting, detectives continued with their investigation into the gun attack.

Yesterday, the married father-of-one was still fighting for his life in hospital, but South Yorkshire Police said his condition had stabilised.

Mr Woodhead, who works as a delivery driver for Wath-based building supplies firm Longleys, was hailed a hero in 2006 when he dragged a knife-wielding man off a woman he saw getting attacked as he drove past.

He stopped his wagon and intervened in a desperate bid to save 39-year-old Doreen Corbett, a mum-of-five, but she never regained consciousness and later died.

Her attacker was later jailed for 17 years for murder after admitting the offence.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 1,146 of 20 September.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.